White House Lays Out Its Broad Cybersecurity Initiatives

“Bold action is required to secure our digital society and keep America competitive in the global digital economy,” the White House said as it unveiled the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP). On February 9, 2016, the president signed two Executive Orders – one creating a commission on cybersecurity and one forming a federal privacy council – and included in his proposed budget a 35% increase in cybersecurity spending to, among other things, boost hiring of security experts (including a federal CISO) and synchronize technology across the federal government. “CNAP really boils down to information security principles that the private sector has had drummed into it for years: don’t use outdated, insecure systems and technology; use secured access such as MFA; hire the best and most skilled information security professionals you can afford; and share your experiences, good and bad, to develop best practices,” Evan D. Wolff, a partner at Crowell & Moring, said. See also “Opportunities and Challenges of the Long-Awaited Cybersecurity Act of 2015” (Jan. 6, 2016).

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